At 540 metres, Morocco’s planned Al Noor Tower will become the tallest skyscraper in Africa, beating the 223-meter-high Carlton Centre in Johannesburg
Al Noor Tower, Morocco
A Saudi investor is to build Africa’s tallest building in Morocco, with construction of the 114-storey Al Noor Tower to begin in June. Denis Valode of Valode & Pistre is designing the skyscraper for Middle East Development, run by Sheikh Tarek Binladen. The 540-meter-high tower will act as the gateway to Africa from Europe, will represent all of the nations of the continent, and cater to luxury clients.
The final height is meant to act as a homage to the 54 countries that make up the African continent – and the mixed-use building would house a seven-star luxury hotel, art gallery, spa, fine-dining restaurants and luxury boutiques, alongside an exhibition centre and offices.
Al Noor tower’s opulent design draws its inspiration from the feel of a wedding dress and its elongated form resembles the nib of a fountain pen when viewed from the side. The building’s façade will be imprinted with references to the 1,000 languages and dialects spoken in Africa to ensure that “everyone in Africa will feel part of the tower”, also the tower will have 114 floors — the number of surahs or chapters in the Koran.
Middle East Development is currently negotiating with Moroccan authorities about building the tower on a 25-hectare waterfront site in Casablanca’s Anfa Financial City district. The construction on the estimated $1 billion (£637 million) project is expected to begin in the summer of 2015, and the tower should be completed by 2018.